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Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Business?

Balancing risk and reward is part and parcel of IT decision making, and key to any decision involving cloud computing. Yes, you can provide more computing power at less cost to your organization by signing with a cloud storage or services provider. But are you putting your company's resources at risk by doing so?

To my mind, cloud computing today makes most sense for smaller organizations that can't afford large IT departments. By moving IT operations into the cloud, a small company gets the kind of computing power previously reserved for larger enterprises, without the corresponding initial investment or ongoing expense. Yes, there are some known security and reliability risks, but these risks can be mitigated by signing with a reliable cloud computing service—and by maintaining your own local physical data backup.

It may take several years, but I expect a majority of IT departments to move their operations into the cloud. The days of desktop and local network computing are numbered; the future promises more power and lower costs via cloud computing.

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